Fast Fact- June 28, 2019
In 2017, Colorado’s teen suicide rate reached its highest level on record: 20.6 suicides per 100,000 teens ages 15-19, representing 76 young people who took their own lives. Among the 10 counties for which teen suicide rates were available, Pueblo County had the highest rate (51.1 per 100,000 teens), while Arapahoe County had the highest number of teen suicides (13). Youth suicide is a complex issue, and no single factor can explain the rising teen suicide rate in Colorado. In 2018, the Colorado Office of the Attorney General commissioned a study of youth suicide in four Colorado counties that had recently experienced suicide clusters. Youth who participated in the study cited the following as some of the risk factors for teen suicide: pressure and anxiety about failing, social media use and cyberbullying, a lack of social recreational activities in their community, no connection to a caring adult, a lack of acceptance in their community (particularly for LGTBQ youth), and substance use, trauma history, mental disorders and challenges to accessing care. To learn more about teen suicide rates in Colorado, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.